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East Japanese Restaurant

253 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019 40.764962 -73.98265
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-581-2240 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
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Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

45th St. to 65th St., Fifth Ave. to Twelfth Ave.


This venue is closed.

The Japanese chainlet East serves an array of sushi and appetizers like inside-out tuna maki with a mild mayonnaise sauce and scallions, glistening eel, sweet rice balls thickly spread with chestnut paste. There's edamame to munch on, plus seaweed salad, battered fish cakes, and sweet pastel-colored mochi balls. On the full menu are reliable mainstays, such as chicken yakitori, delicately sautéed vegetable gyoza, and rather heavily battered tempura served with a tangy ponzu sauce. Bento boxes, with hot and cold dishes, are popular. If you're blessed with children who love raw fish, this is a fun place for them to watch the sushi chef in action. And because prices are relatively gentle, you can keep shopping afterwards


East also serves Asari Jiru, a smokey miso soup with clamshells at the bottom of the bowl. The shellfish are a nod to the bounty of seafood available in the port city of Tokyo.

The flagship branch of East at 366 Third Ave. has conveyer-belt service where you grab small plates from a passing belt as whimsy strikes.

Recommended Dishes

Beef negimaki, $15; vegetable gyoza, $5; salmon skin roll, $3.50 for 3 pieces